Design Lecture Series: Ilai: Variable typeface in Tamil — a case study

Anagha Narayanan is a type designer from Hyderabad, India.
From childhood, Anagha has been immersed in art and design, and has vivid memories of her father’s offset printing press. She has always been fascinated by letters, drawing them and collecting them in ephemera like postcards. Anagha is inspired by how type design is so closely knitted with culture and history, and does the task of preserving it graphically. She has interned at Black (Foundry) in Paris, and works at Universal Thirst in Bangalore, where she contributes to the design and development of various Indic typefaces. Anagha is currently preparing for her first typeface release. She is the winner of the prestigious SOTA Catalyst Award, issued by The Society of Typographic Aficionados to people under 25 who have created original work in typography.

about the Typography Society of India (TSI): TSI was set up by Prof. G V Sreekumar and a group of Typography and Calligraphy enthusiasts. He is a Professor and former Head of IDC school of Design at IIT Bombay. The main objective of this group is to provide a platform for interaction and to share knowledge on Calligraphy, Typography etc with design students, profesionals and academicians. TSI’s core group includes Prof Tarundeep Girdher (NID Ahmedabad), Dr D.Udayakumar (Dept of Design, IIT Guwahati and Designer of the Indian Rupee Sign) and Chirag Gander (CEO, The Minimalist). TSI started off as a small WhatsApp group for typography enthusiasts. It also has a facebook group called “Typography India”. website: email:

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